News - Post-doc position open at CCHE

February 03, 2014

Post-Doctoral Position in Network Epidemiology and HIV Prevention Research at the University of Chicago

The Department of Medicine and the Chicago Center for HIV Elimination announces a post-doctoral position at the University of Chicago, focusing on network epidemiology and HIV/STI prevention research.

The position is under the direct supervision of John Schneider MD, MPH and in collaboration with other Center faculty (http://hivelimination.uchicago.edu/people/faculty) to support a skilled health and social scientist interested in developing a career in network epidemiology and HIV/STI prevention research. The position includes opportunities for didactic course work, leadership roles on ongoing projects, grant writing and developing an independent area of research. The position will focus on analyzing quantitative data and publishing empirical papers from ongoing studies in the United States and India.

A central characteristic of the program of research is its integration of network characterization, analysis and visualization with HIV/STI prevention as we move beyond individual level behavior. Network epidemiology and HIV/STI prevention includes analyses, modeling, and direct client interventions that leverage networks (defined broadly), as the intervention or unit of analysis. Interventions include existing or forthcoming strategies which integrate biomedical, behavioral and structural features with network level forces to work toward eliminating new transmission events. Projects, data and community engagement are heavily concentrated among networks of men who have sex with men and transgender populations in South Chicago and South India. Ongoing projects include cross-sectional surveys, large longitudinal cohort studies, venue-based surveys, Department of Public Health interventions, and multi-city multisite network-based interventions funded by multiple institutes of the National Institutes of Health (NIAID, NIMH, NICHD, NIDA). Innovation is at the core of the research program and includes digital network generation and intervention along with adaptation of novel biomedical prevention strategies.

Requirements for this position include having completed a doctoral degree, demonstrated strong quantitative analytic skills, evidence of published scientific articles, and a strong interest in publishing network-based HIV/STI prevention research. A requirement includes the ability to integrate work within a diverse set of academic and professional partners across the University including the Department of Sociology, National Opinion Research Center, Social Services Administration, Harris School of Public Policy, Pritzker School of Medicine, and the Booth School of Business. This position offers a competitive stipend/salary, benefits, office space, access to internal sources of pilot project support, travel support to research conferences and access to internationally based University of Chicago Academic Centers such as the Center in Delhi.

Interested researchers should email a current CV, 2 representative papers/publications, and names of at least two references to John Schneider, Departments of Medicine and Health Studies, University of Chicago.